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[pleyn-tey-buh l]
verb (used with or without object), plane-ta·bled, plane-ta·bling.
  1. to survey with a plane table.
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Origin of plane-table

First recorded in 1870–75

plane table

or plain table

noun Surveying.
  1. a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
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Origin of plane table

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for plane-table

Historical Examples

  • The delay enabled me to try my hand at repairing the plane-table.

    Across Iceland

    William Bisiker

  • Work on the wireless masts went on apace, and the geologist was abroad with his plane-table every day.

  • This map was a plane-table sketch, prepared by an engineer officer shortly before the action.

  • Sometimes I went on with Imam Sharif, one soldier and a servant carrying the plane-table.

    Southern Arabia

    Theodore Bent

  • Plane-table maps vary greatly in scale and the area they represent.

British Dictionary definitions for plane-table

plane table

  1. a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
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verb plane-table
  1. to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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